Real Estate Watch – Berkshire Hathaway
Inspect Your Roof Before It Leaks
This winter seems to be one of the wettest we have seen in quite some time. Maybe the El Niño we were expecting last year has finally come this year? Since our weather is so mild most of the year we are rarely concerned about preparing our roofs for winter or possible storms. This year we have had an excess amount of rain causing an exceptional amount of roof leaks. This has kept the local roofers very busy. First you need to know what type of roof material you have. Do you have a tile roof or shingle roof?
Tile roofs last the longest. The tile itself is designed as a watershed to protect the roofing underlayment (felt). The felt installed underneath the tile is considered waterproof but the felt is organic and can deteriorate over time causing a leak.
Shingle roofs are usually easier to repair but don’t last as long. These roofs can have leaks due to many factors including damage to the shingles, missing shingles, and even leaks where the shingle meets the chimney or a vent coming out of the roof.
Although you may not be a roofer, there are some problem areas to look for including cracked, blistered, raised, or buckled shingles, exposed nails, and just plain worn-out looking spots. If you notice any of these things you should contact a licensed roofing company to come out and take a look.
We are hoping that this will remind you to take a look now and catch any potential problems before they become serious issues. Even if you think everything is okay with your roof, it doesn’t hurt to have a roof inspection done. We have several trusted licensed roofing contractors we can refer to you. Always happy to help!
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